8. Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia (Previous: 4)
Roquan Smith took a long, hard fall from No. 4 all the way down to No. 8. Most of it has to do with this writer’s realization that there are other players ahead of him that may not be as talented, but would fill a position of need in a way that would help lean it toward a strength.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the inside linebackers are a solid group. If Smith were drafted, he’d easily become the most talented of the bunch and would start from Day 1. He’d also be a very impactful player, flying all over the field and hopefully, coming up with some of the game-changing plays the Packers hoped for when they drafted AJ Hawk all those years ago.
However, there are just much bigger positions of need for the Packers and I’m not completely sold Smith could help much in the pass rush. His size is also somewhat of a concern, but he almost completely made scouts stop worrying thanks to his great numbers at the NFL combine and his play at Georgia.
Kiper Jr. has Smith ranked as the No. 3 overall player on his board, but he just doesn’t fit with the Packers’ needs at the moment.